This weekend we went to the Oregon High Desert Museum in Bend. It was pretty cool — lived up to my expectations. Creepy living history people, live animals, bronze work, etc. It definitely appealed to Katie. But one thing I didn’t like about it was all the non-native or non-Oregon animals. I mean, Gila Monsters? Sure, kids love Gila Monsters, maybe it’ll bring some bucks in. And they’re native to high desert environs in the Southwest. But do you really need a giant aquarium full of land locked Atlantic Salmon to demonstrate that ODFW stocks non-native fish in high desert lakes? Is that culturally or biologically important enough for a 500 gallon tank? Anyway, non-native, non-Oregon rant is over. Check it out if you get time. I thought the Basque exhibit on Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Nevada was the best presentation there. You can find more info on Oregon’s Basque stronghold, Jordan Valley in the Owyhee area.